I've been looking at the relationship I have with my birth father and how I perceive his identity.
As I was looking at the picture I have of him I begun to realise that I do not have a connection with the man in the photo. I had very little memories of him. Then one came back to me. I remembered always receiving a packet of Rolo's when I saw him (which I don't think was often). Suddenly the blank space was filled with Rolo's.
This is the second experiment with using the role packet.
I have covered up his Identity with the role packet as a representation that this is how I remember him. As opposed to a blank space and lost memory, he does actually have quite a fond memory. As simple as it is.
Some pictures of the process of making "Lost Memories"...
This is 'Lost Memories' as a finished piece.
This piece is a representation of memories that have been passed down to me through objects of sentimental value to my birth mother. It is very personal to my story, but I believe is something that all viewers can share a connection with.
Sadly I couldn't take any pictures of this exhibition, which was a shame as the pieces in it where beautiful.
However here is the link to what the V&A have on their website: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/the-fabric-of-india/
It was great to see this exhibition, to see where the origins of textile's began in a country where it seems to have had most impact. It has given me insight to the different ways that textiles can be used and how there are many ways identity and expression can be woven or dyed onto the fabric. It has made me realise the importance of decisions around use of colour can have on my work as these aspects can holding meaning as much as the content.
Indian textiles are embedded in every aspect of its Identity ... Religious worship finds expression through cloth..."
The above text was taken from one of the plaques in the exhibition, a statement about textiles in India. It stuck with me as a saw a correlation with the reasons that I am using textiles to express my story and views on identity.
Jodi ann Nicholson
I am a multidisciplinary artist. my training started at the Contemporary Dance School, TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Continuing developing my creative practice at Cardiff School of Art and Design in their Masters in Fine Arts course.